Lithopolis is a small village in Ohio that’s about a 20-minute drive from the capital of Columbus. Its name translates to “Stone City,” which references its presence of stone found near and within its walls. Many of its buildings use the pretty stones to create a unique look with appealing charm. The village doesn’t have much for dogs to do, but you’ll only need to look a few minutes outside to places like Canal Winchester, Groveport, and Columbus to find vet clinics, restaurants, and more places for furry friends.
Hop on the Canal Winchester Trail for a soothing day on a rail-trail that makes its way through the beautiful town of Canal Winchester. Your leashed dog is welcome to explore its almost 5 miles that wind through woods, quaint neighborhoods, and through a commercial district. Or, travel about 7 miles to Pickerington to enjoy the Violet Township Dog Park, a community-funded off-leash park with plenty of room for Belle to run and play.
Of course, there’s plenty to do in Columbus! You’ll have a host of dog-friendly restaurants to choose from, like The Roosevelt Coffeehouse with its spacious outdoor patio. Columbus is also rife with parks and attractions that welcome dogs, like the Franklin Park Conservatory, where leashed dogs can explore any paved trail with their owners. Lithopolis’ furtastic location puts you right near all the dog-friendly fun!
Lithopolis Road takes you from Lithopolis to Groveport, Ohio, a town that’s on the outskirts of Columbus. Just under four miles down the road is the Walnut Woods Metro Park, part of the Columbus and Franklin County Metro Parks system. If you’re looking for a place to bring an outdoor adventure-loving pup, this is the place! From its acres of open land with relaxing, beautiful trails to its fishing and canoeing access areas, it has something for everyone – including Max! There’s a fenced park and swimming area just for pups with separate areas for small and large dogs to play safely.
The Bixby Ridge neighborhood of Groveport is filled with nice family homes and sits next to the pupular Three Creeks Park, a 400-acre park within the Columbus and Franklin County Metro Parks system. The park is about 8 miles from Lithopolis and boasts two ponds, a farm, and open fields where visitors can enjoy checking out local wildlife, walking trails, relaxing by the pond, or playing on a playground. Dogs and their owners will love the separate, fenced-in area just for dogs, which also has doggie waste stations and a water fountain. Just a couple miles away in Obetz are some dog-friendly hotels you can stay in if you’re just visiting the area!
About 18 miles from Lithopolis is the famous German Village of Columbus. This incredible neighborhood lets you step into another culture with quaint shops, unique restaurants, and an immersive atmosphere. Choose from a few restaurants that welcome dogs here, like Brown Bag Deli, where you can enjoy a selection of sandwiches and other quick-casual meals at an outdoor table. Right near the river is the Scioto Audubon Park, which offers a relaxing place in the heart of the city. Your leashed pup is welcome to explore, but you can also let them run off-leash at the fenced-in park for dogs, which has a sand pit pawfect for diggers!
The Brewery District of Columbus is right near German Village, and also about 18 miles from Lithopolis. This neighborhood is only minutes from Downtown Columbus and offers a wide range of dog-friendly eats for you and your furry friend to enjoy. Kittie’s Cakes is sure to please any lover of sweets. You and your pup can enjoy cakes, cookies, and more at the outdoor seating area. Or, immerse yourself in the city nightlife by heading to Copious, which has a bar, outdoor patio, and live music events. Opt for Latin favorites at Arepazo Tapas Bar Grille. Its outdoor patio is a local favorite.
The Uptown District of Columbus is in the heart of the city, located next to Downtown and the Scioto River. This neighborhood has several dog-friendly hotels with some pawesome views of Columbus, keeping you right in the center of all the fun stuff. Take your pup to one of many restaurants that welcome furry paws, like Market 65, which offers healthy meals made from local ingredients and has sidewalk tables for you and your dog. If you want to head to church on Sunday, check out the Livingston United Methodist Church, which invites dogs to come along! The church has a pop-up doggie daycare service with its own park where your pup can play and socialize while you attend service.